We usually tend to rush our breakfast or skip it altogether, but when taking care of the elderly, we have to give their breakfast more importance. After all, it’s the meal that gives them the energy to start the day the right way.
But cooking for seniors can be challenging because of their dietary restrictions or personal preferences. Are you looking for some breakfast ideas for your senior loved ones? Let us help you!
Here are some interesting and easy-to-make dishes that older adults would love to eat in the mornings.
Who doesn’t like a cute little egg muffin? To make it more nutritious for seniors, you can add some mushrooms and bell peppers to the egg mixture. Just pour the blend into a cupcake mold and bake. You can top the muffins with some good quality feta to make them even more delicious.
Want to give your elderly something delicious to eat after their morning session of exercises for tennis elbow? Why not make them a yogurt parfait? Choose greek yogurt over plain yogurt and top it with a spoonful of coconut flakes or fruit to add some texture. This breakfast takes care of their daily protein and calcium requirement in the most delicious way.
Does a bowl of plain oatmeal sound too plain to your elder ones? Consider adding some fall flavors to it. To do that, just add some canned pumpkin and skimmed milk to the cooked oatmeal. Throw in a dash of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg to the concoction, and voila!
You can top the bowl with some nuts and a little bit of maple syrup to add more variety. This is especially great for seniors because pumpkin is high in fiber and vitamin A and K.
Smoothies and Juices
Are you caring for an elderly who is not a fan of eating in the morning? Here’s a solution – make their breakfast into liquid so they can drink it. Smoothies and juices don’t have to be bland.
You can make them creamy blends with berries and nut milk that they are sure to look forward to every morning. You can also throw in some tart green juices some days for a change of taste. To amp up the protein content, try adding a tbsp of almond butter or flavored protein powder to their morning drinks.
We’re sure your loved elderly would appreciate some yum smoothies after doing lower body exercises!
If you are looking for an easy potato dish that has the potential to not only provide nutrition but also win some hearts, here it is – roasted potatoes. All you have to do is dice some potatoes and toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Plant them in the oven till they turn golden, and you will have a wonderful breakfast for your elders in no time.
Wholegrain toasts topped with ingredients like peanut butter, fresh fruits, avocado make for a very tasty and filling breakfast for seniors. Also, the blend of vitamin B complex and antioxidants in the grains is a great addition to their diet.
To make the regular pancakes healthier for your elderly, you can swap the all-purpose flour with chickpea flour or quinoa flour. You can also mix some leafy greens to the mix to make it even more nutritious. To add some fiber to the dish, you can sprinkle some rolled oats in the pancake batter.
Seniors might have food restrictions, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have delicious meals. We hope this list helps you add some mouth-watering breakfast options to your aging loved one’s diet.